Human Right

Government condemns renewal of mandate of UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

“The Government of Burundi has learned with indignation the adoption of the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council at its 39th session held on September 28, 2018 renewing the mandate of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi while it was already rejected, “reads a statement released on October 8, 2018 by Prosper Ntahogwamiye, Secretary General and spokesman for Burundi government. According to the statement, this resolution and the reports produced on Burundi are null and void. The government accuses the UN Human Rights Council of being manipulated by a bloc of some countries to take unilateral decisions against Burundi.

Prosper Ntahogwamiye, Secretary-general and spokesman for Burundi Government

Prosper Ntahogwamiye, Secretary-general and spokesman for Burundi Government

Burundi government accuses the commission chaired by Doudou Diène of producing a defamatory and false report on Burundi. “This tendentious report aims at discrediting the democratically elected institutions and sowing doubt, confusion and discord among the Burundian population,” reads the statement. In a report presented on 5 September, 2018, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi revealed that human rights continue to be violated in Burundi. It accused Burundian authorities, members of the ruling CNDD-FDD and the Head of State of appealing to hatred and violence.

Ntahogwamiye has said that in a Council of Ministers held on 3 October 2018, the Government of Burundi set up a Commission to outline various unilateral and unjust decisions taken by the Human Rights Council against Burundi and propose to the Government an appropriate decision to be taken. “This Commission will do a thorough global analysis of various reports produced on Burundi since 2015, the different reactions, suggestions and recommendations formulated by the Burundian people and various public institutions on various resolutions and reports produced by some foreign organizations against Burundi,” reads the statement.

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